15 Tips for Remote Teams

With the increase of remote working arrangements, it's imperative to stay ahead of the game to keep your team efficient, productive, and satisfied. This article compiles 15 tips to ensure communication, collaboration, and expectations are kept in check for remote teams. Leverage these takeaways along with technology, such as Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business, to drive efficiency and productivity among your teams. This article was originally posted on Forbes.com.

Advantages Provided to Organizations that Implement Cloud Services

This article covers the advantages provided to organizations that implement cloud services for enhanced effectiveness through technology. At the top of the list of benefits are scalability and flexibility; other benefits include pay-as-you-go pricing models, security, and the opportunity for companies to focus on their core business model rather than management of the environment. Learn why efficiency is the name of the game in the entrepreneurial world and why many high-growth businesses are utilizing cloud-based infrastructure from the start! This article was originally posted on Inc.com.

Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business


Microsoft Office 365 Skype for Business is a powerful collaboration application that enables Indivior to connect employees from around the globe. Their teams utilize instant messaging, voice calls, and video calls to stay current on research developments. Skype offers the functionality for up to 250 people to collaborate on a project, ensuring the right people can participate on the project. Skype for Business ensures Indivior is connected globally, enabling productivity.
 

   

Office 365 with Microsoft Forms supports high-tech consensus building in Broadclyst School

In this clip, NetTec NSI, LLC learns how Office 365 with Microsoft Forms supports high-tech consensus building in Broadclyst School's dining hall. By entering immediate feedback into a Forms survey after each meal, students provide data for Forms to analyze and deliver results that inform kitchen food orders and menu design. Contact us--we'll show you how Office 365 with Forms can help satisfy stakeholder appetites in your organization.
 

   

How Microsoft Azure Powers Online Retailers

   

In this clip, NetTec NSI, LLC looks behind the scenes at how Microsoft Azure powers online retailers like ASOS, a leading fashion destination, in providing stellar customer service. By delivering massive scalability and globally consistent experiences, Azure helps ensure that the 12-million-plus ASOS customers can find and purchase what they need in record time. Let us show you Azure can help you create and maintain happy customers too. After all, the competition is only a click away.

Microsoft Office 365 Helps Small Business

   

NetTec NSI, LLC takes a deeper look at how Microsoft Office 365 helps small business owner Scott Naucler and his three employees do their best work from anywhere - the office, a client site, or even 300 feet in the air atop a wind turbine. Office 365's AutoSave feature helps Turbine Test Services get the job done by automatically saving their changes as they work. If there's no Internet, the folks at Turbine Test Services don't stress! They know that AutoSave (a feature which is always-on) will sync their changes as soon as they're back online. Contact us today to find out how we can help you maximize the flexibility that Office 365 provides.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) - the new buzzword du jour

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the new buzzword du jour. It seems everyone has "AI" software or services that will help you accomplish your objectives. But you run a sales team. And you have to deliver results this quarter and the next quarter and the one after that--you don't have time for marketing hype. Here's a way to think about how to build AI into your approach simply and easily, without risk.

 

FarmBeats is an AI for Earth Lighthouse project aimed at showcasing the benefits of Azure

   

FarmBeats is an AI for Earth Lighthouse project aimed at showcasing the benefits of Azure in a variety of applications. Water scarcity and pollution are threatening the livelihood of farmers around the world; they are under immense pressure to produce. Through sensors, drones, data analytics, AI, and connectivity solutions, Microsoft is enabling precision agriculture to improve yield while reducing resource consumption.

Microsoft Office 365 provides you with the tools for your unique requirements.

Microsoft Office 365 provides you with the tools for your unique requirements. Every business has its own needs. With Office 365, your business can achieve more by making effective use of your data. Whether you are creating a presentation, compiling stats for a report, or evaluating your budget, the intelligent services provided by Office 365 will have you operating smoothly and efficiently.  

No matter what industries your customers are in, these messages are important for them to hear and to understand.

What matters more than data protection? Nothing.

What matters more than data protection? Nothing. With your customers' data in the #Azure cloud, they gain not only agility, cost savings (up to 50 percent), and competitive advantage--but also the benefits of built-in backup, disaster recovery, and security. So while #Azure helps speed your customers' digital transformation and fuels their business growth, it also gives them that most valuable of benefits: peace of mind, knowing their data is safe in the cloud. Maybe that's why 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies trust the Azure cloud.

Never underestimate the power of collaboration.

Never underestimate the power of collaboration. When your customers can bring up to 250 participants together--with a single click, from any device--great ideas and winning strategies are the result. #Office365 features Skype for Business, a complete online meeting solution with audio, video, and web conferencing. Attendees can record their meetings, share screens, and edit files in real time--even use a whiteboard and poll features to make their meetings more productive. With today's globally dispersed workforce, powerful collaboration tools are the key to innovation without boundaries.

Windows 7 and January 14, 2020 - End of Extended Support

January 14, 2020 may seem like a long time from now, but it will take much of that time to prepare and migrate your existing Windows 7 systems to Windows 10.  The point is to start now with planning and moving forward so that you won’t be caught in 2020 without security updates.  Microsoft has laid out their plan for their Windows operating systems lifecycles here:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet and on January 14, 2020 Windows 7 will reach End of Extended Support.  When extended support ends, you can no longer count on any security patches or reliability patches.

We frequently recommend adding a subscription of Microsoft Windows to your existing Office 365 subscriptions, which will make it Microsoft 365 Business.  When you purchase this type of subscription, you most likely don’t need to purchase new hardware as the Windows 10 license that is included in your subscription should run great on your existing Windows 7 hardware.  When you’re ready to begin the discussion about this for your existing Windows 7 systems, please let us know.

Q: What's the easiest way to digitally sign an internally developed application's executable?

Whenever you're working with secure applications and files, you need to know how to digitally sign an application so that security software like applocker can effectively identify your applications.  These links can help make it easy to digitally sign your applications:

When you use applocker, you'll notice that Publisher conditions can be made only for files that are digitally signed; this condition identifies an application based on its digital signature and extended attributes. The digital signature contains information about the company that created the application (the publisher). The extended attributes, which are obtained from the binary resource, contain the name of the product that the application is part of and the version number of the application. The publisher may be a software development company, such as Microsoft, or the Information Technology department of your organization.

Publisher conditions are easier to maintain than file hash conditions and are generally more secure than path conditions. Rules that are specified to the version level might have to be updated when a new version of the file is released.

Is the IT Security Gap a Threat to SMBs?

With lean IT staffs, many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) lack the resources and expertise to manage complex security infrastructures. While threats to security are proliferating, these organizations aren’t taking the proper precautions to protect themselves and their networks. The data below shows the gap between the level of concern and the level of protection for given IT security issues. 
 

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